Commonplace book: written, compiled and illustrated by David Robert Robertson, Dundee, 1912-1913, 1914. [453pp]  Dedicatory bookplate in pen and ink by the author: "To Helen [his daughter] and Naismith [possibly his son-in-law] from D.R. Robertson 1936", [perhaps on their marriage]. David Robert Robertson (1870-1949) was a Dundee jute merchant, botanist, antiquarian and mountaineer. He was a keen churchman with a great knowledge of the Highlands and a talent for sketching. While his 'Commonplace Book' is entitled Illustrations of Scottish Flora chiefly of Forfarshire and Fifeshire, it comprehends a great deal more, as well as some material into 1914. There is internal evidence [30pp] that he may have planned publication at least in part, particularly of some illustrations included in it. The book consists mainly of Robertson's transcripts of poems, articles, and miscellaneous writings, watercolours of local flora and pen and ink drawings of local places of natural, historic and other interest mainly in the Dundee area reaching back towards the Sidlaws and Glamis but also extending south across the Tay, for example to Balmerino, Tentsmuir and Strathmiglo. The natural history subjects treated, articles and illustrations, include bees, birds, butterflies, flowers, insects of other varieties, mice, snowfalls and shipwrecks. There are five sizeable researched articles with related sketches and other materials on the following Scottish authors and naturalists: - William A. Baillie, George Don, William Gardiner, Thomas Ormond and William Robertson. In addition, Robertson wrote to several naturalists, writers and poets who sent contributions especially relating to nature, sometimes in exchange for his sketches. The principal other contributors and subjects of study include Alexander Anderson [pp.278-279, pp.286-287], William A. Baillie [p.84, etc], William D. Birrell [p.164, p.239], George Blyth [p.204, p.206], Alex Brown [pp.285-287], Grace Brown [pp.172-173], John Coutts [p.22], George Don [pp.175-191], Robert Ford [pp.321-322], William Gardiner [pp.245-256], Charles A. Hall [pp.24-30], Walter C. Howden [p.60], Robert S. Inglis [p.313, p.315], Thomas Ormond [pp.292-307], Gilbert Rae [pp.122-124], Archibald H. Rae [pp.263-265], William Robertson [pp.237-243], J.Ross [pp.190-191], Rev. James S. Scotland [p.72, p.74] and an anonymous "XYZ" [pp.154-156]. At the beginning there is a useful combined botanical and general index for persons, places, subjects and titles, although entries are not complete nor completely accurate. The book would seem to have been acquired from the family by Miss Kinnear possibly in the period following Mr Robertson's death in 1949. Table of main items (letters, other mss, etc.) included: p.22 Original verses by Rev. John Coutts: "Something quite original for my album, please?: An Apology". p.30 etc. Letter, 25 August, 1912, Rev. Charles A. Hall (of Paisley), Brodick, to D.R. Robertson. Letter, 2 September, 1912, Rev. Charles A. Hall, Paisley, to D.R. Robertson. (re D.R.R.'s drawings). Hall's photographs [p.24, p.26, p.30]. p.60 Letter, 6 February, 1909, Walter C. Howden, Wormit to D.R. Robertson, enclosing copy of Howden's poem 'For the Old Sake's Sake'. p.72 'On Mount Carmel', poem by Jas. S. Scotland, April, 1889, illustrated by D.R. Robertson(?). [MS] p.74 'Carmel revisited', poem by Jas.S. Scotland, April, 1911, illustrated by D.R. Robertson(?). [MS] p.84 Letters, 30 October and 6 December, 1912, Alexander Polson, Nigg, to D.R. Robertson (re William Baillie, the Brora naturalist). p.87 Note, 6 December, 1912, Alexander Polson, Nigg, added to D.R.R.'s article on William Baillie. p.88 Letter, 26 November, 1912, Mrs W. Elphinstone, Brora to D.R. Robertson (re William Baillie, the Brora naturalist). Visiting card of Alexander Polson. Photo of William Baillie. p.90 Letter, 28 April, 1898, William Baillie, Brora, to Alexander Polson. p.124 Memo, 19 August, 1912, Gilbert Rae, Biggar, to D.R. Robertson, enclosing copy of his poem 'Our Refuge' [p.122]. p.142 'Farewell Balmerino', poem by David Boyter, 1845, [illustrated by D.R. Robertson(?). [MS] p.15 'XYZ' (Article on a jackdaw), autograph copy. n.d. pp.12-164 William D. Birrell (poems:) 'The Auld Howff', 'Mother Earth', 'April', 'Sabbath Morning', autograph copies. n.d. p.174 Letter, 19 August, 1912, Grace Brown, Reston, to D.R. Robertson, enclosing autograph copy of her poem 'The Skylark' [p.172]. pp.182,184 Leaf from daybook of George Don, 30 January, 1812. p.186 Portrait supposedly of George Don though actually of his father. p.204 George Blyth, 'The Robin and the Storm' (poem), autograph copy, 1873. p.206 'Falling Leaves' (poem), autograph copy, also by George Blyth (?), 1855. p.217 William Robertson, poem. p.239 William D. Birrell, 'The Good Grey Poet...' inscribed to William Robertson, autograph copy. n.d. p.249 Obituary on "Death of William Gardiner the Botanist" (by W.M. Ogilvie), Northern Warder, 24 June, 1852. pp.263-265 A.H. Rea, 'O divot dyke' (poem), autograph copy. n.d. p.273 Letters, 20 and 29 September, 1910, Mrs Annie Reith, Edinburgh, to D.R. Robertson, the first enclosing a copy of her poem 'To a little child'. [272pp] p.279 Letter, 21 February, 1908, Alexander Anderson, Edinburgh, to D.R. Robertson, enclosing copy of his poem 'The Churchyard Tree'. [278pp] pp.286-287 Letters of 29 February and 1 April, 1908, Alex. Brown, Edinburgh, to D.R. Robertson, the former enclosing a copy of his poem 'The Undertone'. [285pp] [re Thomas Ormond: ] p.301 Original manuscript of 'Beltie's Lum' by Thomas Ormond, Forfar. p.305 Original manuscript of 'A New Song' ["John Anderson, my Jo, John"] by Thomas Ormond, Forfar. p.307 Letter 30 October, 1912, John A. Fenton, Forfar, to D.R. Robertson, enclosing original manuscript of Ormond's version of "John Anderson, my Jo, John" (v. [pp.305] above), his 'Beltie's Lum' (v. [301pp] above) and 'Little Maggie Bran' and "a few sentences embracing" Ormond's life written by Fenton [p.291, p.293, p.297, p.299, p.303, p.305 and p.306]. p.465 Original manuscript of "Song" ("The moon is in the sky") and on reverse side "Song" ("Keen blaws the blast on the high hill of Gaston") by Charles Spence, the Gowrie poet, n.d. (probably early 19th century), given to D.R. Robertson by John Paul. p.467 Sketch, pen and ink and watercolour, of Blue Gum, Eucalyptus, by R. Donn. Note:- After p.461, 1914 (except for botanical glossary at back). Inserts:- (1) "50 years in Jute Industry": obituary of David Robert Robertson, dated 30 December, 1949. [Typed copy] (2) Contents list. [3pp] [TS] (3) Photographs:- (1) David Robert Robertson with two of his three daughters including Helen, Glenshee, early 1930s. (2) David Robert Robertson, his daughter Helen and her mother-in-law, c1942. [Copies available of some drawings]
Photocopies and transcripts made in the 1990s by Henny King of personal correspondence of Clementina Stirling Graham c.1863 - 1875; play written by Henny King on the life of Clementina Stirling Graham entitled 'Mystifications'
MS 2/1/1-75 Correspondence of Patrick W. Anderson relating to his uncle, Lieutenant Patrick Wright Anderson, student of University College, Dundee, and Lieutenant in the Black Watch. The correspondence is with archivists, publishers, and librarians. 1988-2013. The correspondence includes newspaper cuttings, articles and other relevant items. The collection also includes material relating to the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh Castle, and the Roll of Honour at St Andrews Officer Training Corps in St Andrews. The correspondence is divided into 68 items corresponding to Mr Anderson's correspondence and enclosures. Includes: MS 2/1/1 [Letter of 13 August 1988]. Includes photograph of Patrick Wright Anderson in Black Watch uniform. c.1917. MS 2/1/15 [Letter of 10 August 1989]. Includes photograph of officers at Bristol. 1914-1915. MS 2/1/31 [Letter of 5 January 1996]. "Lt P.W. Anderson, The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), RFC & RAF" by Patrick W. Anderson. Article from Cross and Cockade International Journal: The First World War Aviation Historical Society. Vol. 26 No. 4 1995. Photographs  of the Tayforth Universities Officers Training Corp St Andrews detachment, exterior and two interior shots. MS 2/1/47 [Letter of 7 June 1997]. "Patrick Wright Anderson, Lt, Black Watch, R.F.C., R.A.F." by Patrick W. Anderson. Article from Dispatch: The Journal of the Scottish Military Historical Society. No. 142, 1996. "Call to Arms: Lieutenant Patrick W. Anderson, Black Watch, RFC and RAF" by Patrick W. Anderson. Article from The Bulletin of the Military Historical Society. Volume 47, No. 187, February 1997 MS 2/1/51 [Letter of 16 November 1999]. "A Forfarshire Soldier of the Great War: Lt P.W. Anderson, Black Watch (RHR), RFC & RAF" by Patrick Anderson. Printed in Forfar and District Historical Society, Journal. Number 10, 1999 MS 2/1/54 [Letter of 12 November 2000]. "William Stewart Robertson, M.C. Black Watch" by Patrick W. Anderson. Printed in The Scottish Genealogist. September 2000. "'In memory of his services with the British Forces during the Great War': Lieutenant P.W. Anderson" by Patrick W. Anderson. Printed in "The Orders and Medals Research Society. Winter 1992 MS 2/1/55 [Letter of 29 May 2005] Family Tree Magazine with cover photograph of Lieutenant Patrick W. Anderson in his Black Watch uniform, with some notes in inside cover. "Lieutenant J. B. Pattison, Black Watch" by Patrick W. Anderson. Printed in Fife Family History Society Journal. New Series. No.3. Spring 2005. "Lieutenant J. B. Pattison, 7th Battalion The Black Watch" by Patrick W. Anderson. Printed in Journal of the Scottish Genealogy Society. Vol LI No.1. March 2004 MS 2/1/56 Correspondence and miscellaneous cuttings relating to the Arbroath High School Roll of Honor. 1915-2007. MS 2/1/57 [Letter of 2 April 2011] Letter enclosing copy of Behind the Parapet, the newsletter of the Scottish Branches of the Western Front Association, March 2011. Includes article by Patrick Anderson on original University College, Dundee War Memorial. 2011. [See also Recs A/869] MS 2/1/58 [Letter of 23 November 2011] Letter enclosing copy of article on original University College, Dundee War Memorial that appeared in Behind the Parapet, the newsletter of the Scottish Branches of the Western Front Association, March 2011 and article on the missing role of honour and oak case of Arbroath High School from Behind the Parapet, September 2011. 2011 MS 2/1/59 [Letter of 3 August 2006] Letter to Michael Bolik enclosing photocopies of The Western Front Association New Zealand Branch Newsletter, February 2006, with report of talk given by Patrick Anderson on his uncle and a piece on The Scots Magazine (June, 2006) on the Black Watch Memorial at Aberfeldy. Also includes part of a print out of an article featuring Patrick Anderson from the online edition of The Courier 30 July, 2004 MS 2/1/60 [Letter of 14 March 2013] Letter enclosing the following additional material and articles relating to Lt Patrick Wright Anderson, 2012-2013: (1) Letter from Lt Col Binks Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh Castle with copies of certificates and Black Watch Officers page from the Roll of Honour. 2012 (2) Article from The Courier and Advertiser 15th May 2012 (3) Article form The Abroath Herald 18th May 2012 (4) Article from Tay Valley History Society Journal No 93, October 2012 (5) Behind the Parapet, the newsletter of the Scottish Branches of the Western Front Association, September 2012 (6) The Red Hackle - 42nd & 73rd No 122, November 2012 pp. 4-5 (7) Article from Tay Valley History Society Journal No 94, February 2013 MS 2/1/61 Various copies of articles and certificates sent to Michael Bolik by Patrick W. Anderson at various dates c 2011-2012 MS 2/1/62 [Letter 5 October 2013] Letter giving corrections to biographical details and enclosing: (1) Article on Officer training Corps Camp at Ilkley by Patrick William Anderson in Behind the Parapet, the newsletter of the Scottish Branches of the Western Front Association, September 2013 (2) Photocopy of article from The Courier and Advertiser 12 December 1998 on Patrick William Andersons' retirement from the police and his return to Angus MS 2/1/63 [Letter 11 May 2014] from Patrick William Anderson to Kenneth Baxter enclosing: (1) Photocopy of article in The Courier and Advertiser 9 April 2014 on J B Salmond editing Hydra with Wilfred Owen (2) Photocopy of article in Arbroath Herald on J B Salmond and Hydra (3) Photocopy of article in Scots Magazine Article June 2006 on J B Salmond and P W Anderson (4) Photocopy of article in Arbroath Herald 4 January 1918 (5) Photocopy of article in Arbroath Herald 3 July 1918 (6) Letter re Black Watch Heritage Appeal and Certificate in Memory of Lt P W Anderson, the Black Watch (7) Article on Officer training Corps Camp at Ilkley by Patrick William Anderson in Behind the Parapet, the newsletter of the Scottish Branches of the Western Front Association, September 2013 (8) Photocopy of article Arbroath Guide 28 June 1913 (9) Photocopy of article Arbroath Guide 5 July 1913 (10) Photocopy of article in St Mary's Episcopal Church Arbroath December 1921 - Lt P W Anderson's Obituary (11) Photocopy of article Arbroath United cricket photos 1909 and 1911 (12) Copy of War Office Letter to next of kin of P W Anderson (Francis Carse Anderson - PWA's Brother) on application for his brother's medals (13) Digital copy of picture of Arbroath High School medals role (14) Miscellaneous photographs MS 2/1/64 [Letter 15 August 2015] from Patrick William Anderson to Kenneth Baxter enclosing: (1) Photocopy of article War heroes feature in early yearbook from Arbroath Herald 24 July 2015. Concerns drawings of Dorothy Marshall in Gerturde Marshall's autograph book which include Patrick Wright Anderson (2) Article from The Courier 21 July 2015 on Gertrude Marshall's autograph book. With picture of Patrick William Anderson and book (3) Photocopy of drawing signed by Patrick W Anderson on 27th January 1909 (4) Reproduction of photograph of framed 1914-2014 ceramic poppy 'from Windsor Castle' in Memory of Patrick Wright Anderson (5) Copy of article on Captain J. B. Salmond by Patrick William Anderson from Journal of Tay Valley Family History Society No 99 October 2014 (6) Copy of articles on Lt James B Salmond, by Patrick William Anderson from Behind the Parapet, the Western Front Association Scottish Branches Newsletter, March 2015 (7) Photocopy of photograph of Arbroath high School Football Club 1st XI 1907-1908. Includes Patrick Wright Anderson MS 2/1/65 E-mail to Kenneth Baxter 1 September 2015 concerning medals of J B Salmond MS 2/1/66 Memorandum from R. Seaton, Secretary, University of Dundee, to Mrs J. Auld, Archivist enclosing a letter from Patrick William Anderson sent with article about Patrick Wright Anderson and suggesting the possibility of creating a University College Roll of Honour. 1993-1994 MS 2/1/67 [Letter 11 September 2017] from Patrick William Anderson to Kenneth Baxter enclosing article "Capt J B Salmond, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) & Poppies" from articles on Lt James B Salmond, by Patrick William Anderson from Behind the Parapet, the Western Front Association Scottish Branches Newsletter, September 2017 MS 2/1/68 [[Letter 12 November 2017] from Patrick William Anderson to Kenneth Baxter enclosing biography of J. B. Salmond from Scottish Poetry Library; Forfar Dispatch (extract) 9 November 2017 & Courier (extract) 11th November, containing letters from Patrick William Anderson about J B Salmond and featuring his poem 'Forfar Bus'; Grapevine, the Magazine of the Diocese of Brechin No 113 Autumn 2017 featuring article by Patrick William Anderson on St Mary's Church Arbroath and Casualties of war which mentions Patrick Wright Anderson MS 2/1/69 [Letter 7 January 2018] from Patrick William Anderson to Kenneth Baxter enclosing photographs (listed separately as MS 2/3/3), Army lists and service details for Patrick Wright Anderson and J B Salmond, digital photographs on paper of Black Watch Roll of Honour and Arbroath Book of Remembrance records for Patrick Wright Anderson, drawing by Patrick Wright Anderson in Album of Gertrude Marshall (Held by Signal Tower Museum) and Arbroath High School Science Duxes board, photocopies of 1915 War Diary mentioning Patrick Wright Anderson, War Office letter accompanying War Medals awarded to Patrick Wright Anderson, and parts of articles featuring photographs that include Patrick Wright Anderson MS 2/1/70 [Letter 14 April 2018] from Patrick William Anderson to Kenneth Baxter enclosing extracts from The Courier 30 March 2018 including piece in Craigie Column, along with e-mail sent by Mr Anderson to the Craigie Column MS 2/1/71 [Letter 10 September 2018] from Patrick William Anderson to Kenneth Baxter enclosing, Behind the Parapet, the Western Front Association Scottish Branches Newsletter September 2018 articles by Patrick William Anderson on Arbroath poet and Soldier James Bell Salmond and 100 years of the RAF, Cross & Cockade International, Summer 2018 Farbic Queries and Feedback, Air Force List corrected 3 July 1919 re Patrick Wright Anderson, extracts from newspapers in1916 re Lt Anderson's thanks items for Black Watch in Salonika, newspaper reports of Patrick Wright Anderson's wounding and death 1918-1921, copy of certificate awarded to Patrick William Anderson by West Yorkshire Police, 1999 MS 2/1/72 [Letter 28 October 2018] from Patrick William Anderson to Kenneth Baxter enclosing, extracts from The Historian the 11th edition of the Journal of the Tay Valley Family History Society, including article on Captain James Bell Salmond by Patrick William Anderson, Arbroath's Muster Roll from Arbroath Herald , 3 March 1916 including J B Salmond, extract from Arbroath's Muster Roll from Arbroath Herald , 3 December 1915, including Patrick Wright Anderson, article from Arbroath Herald, 5 November 1915 re St Mary's Church Roll of Honour, which included Patrick Wright Anderson, Arbroath's Muster Roll from Arbroath Herald , 4 December 1914, including Patrick Wright Anderson, extract from Arbroath Herald , 7 August 1914, recording Patrick Wright Anderson in cricket team, material relating to W. A. Anderson, youngest brother of Patrick Wright Anderson, including obituary MS 2/1/73 [Letter 2 January 2019] from Patrick William Anderson to Kenneth Baxter enclosing photocopies of invitation to the Unveiling of the Scottish War Poets Memorial at Makars' Court, November 2018, article from The Courier 19 November 2018 on Patrick Anderson attending unveiling of Scottish War Poets' Memorial, article from Arbroath Herald 14 December 2018 on Patrick Anderson attending unveiling of Scottish War Poets' Memorial, piece on War Poets Memorial from Craigie Column, The Courier 4th December 2018, piece on J B Salmond and war poets from Craigie Column, The Courier 14th December 2018. Also included with letter was copy of Scottish Poets of the First World War (put in MS 2/2/5) MS 2/1/74 [Letter 16 June 2019] from Patrick William Anderson to Kenneth Baxter enclosing copy material relating to Cecil James Sim Addison, Assistant Lecturer in Humanity at University College Dundee, 1946-1947 and then rector of the Nicholson Institute, Stornoway. Includes register of birth and newspaper cuttings 1908-1947. MS 2/1/75 [Letter 5 October 2020] from Patrick William Anderson to Kenneth Baxter enclosing copies of articles from The Courier and Wind in the Wires relating to Patrick Wright Anderson and furlough he was sent on to south of France by Officers Association. MS 2/1/76 [Letter 12 November 2021] from Patrick William Anderson to Kenneth Baxter enclosing copies of articles that appeared in the Craigie page of the Courier relating to Patrick Wright Anderson
Annual Reports 1876-1882; syllabuses, programmes and tickets 1880-1938 and 1982-1983; proceedings and transactions 1912-1915; miscellaneous 1895-1950; Photocopies of various records of the Dundee Naturalists' Society 1877-1937.
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